The Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito was fined $50,000 by the NFL on Friday for two unnecessary roughness fouls that happened in a game he played in the St. Louis Rams jersey. Thus the most significant thing in his first week with the Bills was no more than the fine.
Playing last Sunday in the St. Louis Rams’ 47-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Incognito head butted Titans defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks in the first half. He did the same thing to Titans safety Vincent Fuller later in the half, and then he was benched by Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo. And two days later, the Rams announced to release him. Another two days later, the guard joined the Bills.
Incognito was fined for the head-butt on Marks and for a late hit against Fuller. The infractions were his fifth and sixth for unnecessary roughness this season. The five-year veteran has frequently landed in trouble for playing long after the whistle and was named the dirtiest player in the NFL earlier this year by The Sporting News.
In a letter to Incognito, NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson wrote: “Future infractions of the types you have committed may lead to increased disciplinary action up to and including suspension.”